Vancouver and area real estate blog

Yaletown Penthouse – Stunning Views!

Posted by on December 10, 2012 | Comments Off on Yaletown Penthouse – Stunning Views!

I have listed 2802-1238 Richards Street, Vancouver.  Vistas of Vancouver, Mountains and Ocean from 18 foot Floor to ceiling windows.  2 floors of luxury.   Gorgeous flooring, master separated on second floor by open gallery, 2 balconies, 2 parking.  More info…

Located in Yaletown, Vancouver’s most sought-after downtown district.  Since Expo 86, Yaletown has been reborn into hub of restaurants, trendy shops and  prime real estate.  Stroll to  a hockey game or concert at Rogers Arena or BC Place.  Minutes to the downtown business district.  It’s no wonder that many young proffesionals are chosing  to purchase Yaletown Real Estate to live, work and play.



The Vibrant Neighbourhood of Strathcona

Posted by on December 1, 2012 | Comments Off on The Vibrant Neighbourhood of Strathcona

Strathcona is the oldest neighbourhood in Vancouver.  Originally known as the East End, the area quickly grew as a community built around Hastings Mill, forging out east and south from the mill.  A mixture of industry and housing has been the mainstay of Strathcona.

The Strathcona of today consists of all the essentials that make a tight-knit and successful neighbourhood: multi-use development, new construction stands beside heritage buildings, good densities, and, most importantly, corner grocery stores and local shops, allowing for meeting places and connection with fellow residents and shop owners.  One of Vancouver’s increasingly popular districts, Strathcona Real estate includes detached homes, lofts, half duplexes, townhouses and condos.  Next to historic Chinatown and within walking distance to downtown, this lively, emerging area is definitely worth a look!


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A Coles Notes on Quarter Share Hotel Purchases

Posted by on November 6, 2012 | Comments Off on A Coles Notes on Quarter Share Hotel Purchases

Have you ever dreamed of having your own ‘place to call home’ at a resort location?  How about ownership  in Whistler Blackcombe, SKI Magazine’s Reader’s Choice #1 Overall Ski Resort in North America?  A unit like 301C-2020 London Lane in Whistler, BC is definitely worth the look! 

Many purchasers are learning about and selecting a quarter-share condo ownership in a property.  Quarter share means just what it sounds like; you become a 25% owner of a property.   You have access to the property 12 or 13 weeks in the year.  Once every four years you would have the prime week of Christmas and New Years. 

There are lots of advantages to owning a quarter-share, price being one of them with the opportunity for your investment to appreciate. Live in luxury for one quarter the cost! There is also the opportunity for you to create revenue by putting weeks you are not using the unit for personal use into the rental pool.  All the benefits and amenities are yours to enjoy and the management company takes care of the administration. 

The costs to maintain the suite are covered in the monthly maintenance fees and these usually include, insurance, heat, hydro, air condition, housekeeping and management.  The fees may seem a bit higher than you might expect but they also include the property taxes.  The suite is usually stocked with all the comforts of home such as dishes, small appliances, TVs and linens. 

The difference between Quarter-share and time share is that there is a deed to your purchase; with a timeshare you are purchasing the right to use a property, for a set time each year.  As most timeshares are leased, they are considered a depreciating asset over time.  With Quarter-share you own 25% of a piece of real estate and the rental income it may produce. And, each quarter share has a separate title, so you can sell at anytime you choose.

Royal LePage Shelter Shelter Foundation Collects $100,000 from Conference

Posted by on October 31, 2012 | Comments Off on Royal LePage Shelter Shelter Foundation Collects $100,000 from Conference

At the live auction and other events held at the Royal LePage National Sales Conference in Vancouver last month, an incredible $100,000 was raised for the very valuable Royal LePage Shelter Foundation.   The fundraising at the Conference was an incredible success due to the generous donations, bids and contributions provided by the Royal LePage agents and other professionals attending the conference.  

As Canada’s largest public foundation dedicated exclusively to support women’s shelters and violence prevention programs, the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation helps 30,000 women and children each year.  Events such as auctions, garage sales and local fundraisers have provided the organization more than $14 million in total. 

The Shelter Foundation is my charity of choice.  I make a donation with each home I sell.  If you’d like to make your own donation, or learn more about this vital and very necessary organization, please contact Michael Lepore.

Get your little princesses and superheros ready for some Hallowe’en Fun

Posted by on October 25, 2012 | Comments Off on Get your little princesses and superheros ready for some Hallowe’en Fun

It’s  time for jack o’ lanterns and trick or treating in and around MetroVancouver this weekend to the 31st.  

I will be in Richmond this weekend with my wife and one year old daughter, as the Steveston Merchants Association host the Steveston Trick or Treat from 3-5 pm.   Come join us for some fun and community participation.  See how many Scarecrows you see in the store windows, as part of the Annual Steveston Scarecrow Crawl.  Check out all the fantastic sights and sounds of Steveston Village.

There is plenty more to do this weekend, let’s hope the weather cooperates!

This weekend in Burnaby, take the kids to the Burnaby Village Museum in costume, for trick or treating and  unlimited carousel rides.  6-9 pm.   Or, take a walk around mysterious Deer Lake Park.     

Fright Nights at the PNE  – A Vancouver Tradition!   Playland becomes a thrill fest with a number of  ‘gravely’ serious haunted houses, themed rides and actors roaming the venue.  Be brave and have some fun!  Don’t get ‘spooked’!    

 Hallowe’en Ghost Train in Stanley Park.  The miniature railway is transformed into a family-friendly Hallowe’en themed train ride and seasonal displays.  Free Parking!   Train ticket includes  Haunted Castle,  crafts, pumpkin carving, a costume contest, or face painting by donation.   Check the link for times and dates.  There are some afternoon rides for the wee ones.   

I also may check out the fireworks on Hallowe’en night here in Richmond.  Check the City Events  page for fireworks start times at South Arm Community Park, Hugh Boyd Community Park and McLean Neighbourhood Park. Minoru Park is hosting a Fireworks Festival, with fire jugglers, music, clowns and of course, fireworks, running from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.   

Have a safe yet spine-chilling Hallowe’en!


I’ve just listed 326-6033 Katsura, Richmond

Posted by on September 18, 2012 | Comments Off on I’ve just listed 326-6033 Katsura, Richmond

I’m excited about this listing!  Beautiful building by renowned Adera Development Corp.   326-6033 Katsura Street is a 2 bedroom and spacious den unit, tastefully decorated throughout.  Fireplace, extra-large balcony and gas stove are only a few of the  many features.  Close to all city centre amenities. 

Richmond’s McLennan North area has made a huge transformation over the past decade and builders of the new condos and townhomes here have made extra effort to mix housing and nature and to provide amenities such as shopping and transit within a 10 minute walk.  McLennan North is in the  heart of a busy city and close to major routes and shopping  malls, yet the enjoyment of nature and peace and tranquility is the main objective in the planning of  McLennan North.

To view some other condos for sale in McLennan North, click here.

New Listing 301C-2020 London Lane Whistler

Posted by on September 10, 2012 | Comments Off on New Listing 301C-2020 London Lane Whistler

I’ve just listed a great quarter share opportunity in beautiful Whistler BC.  2 Bed/2 Bath suite in Whistler Creekside.  301C-2020 London Lane sleeps up to 6 – comes with linens, appliances, dishes, TV, etc.  Third floor corner unit with mountain and forest views.  

Whistler is a weekend or vacation destination home away from home for many people in MetroVancouver and around the world.  This opportunity allows you one week per month to enjoy, or release it for extra revenue. 

Buying  real estate, either for personal use or as an investment, is a big decision, especially given the  various types of property that are on the market, such as quarter share ownership, strata, leasehold, freehold, etc.   If you are contemplating a purchase, click here for more information.

New Listing in the heart of Richmond

Posted by on September 4, 2012 | Comments Off on New Listing in the heart of Richmond

I’ve just listed a well-maintained one bedroom starter condo.  Excellent price for a strata titled property in the area at $143,900.  310-8740 Citation Drive, Richmond.  Top floor, spacious and affordable.  Complex has great amenities including outdoor pool, clubhouse, lounge, sauna, hot tub and mature and lush landscaping.  Pets allowed too!

Located in the central  Brighouse area, convenience is the key to living here.  So close to shopping, Kwantlen, Richmond Centre, transit and major routes.  Across from award-winning Garden City Community Park, with its famous Arboretum, a collection of almost 100 trees from around the Pacific Rim.  Brighouse has lots to offer and is a well-situated, convenient area to call home.

Check out more condos listed in the Brighouse area by clicking here.


Fraserview Homes

Posted by on August 13, 2012 | Comments Off on Fraserview Homes

I’ve just listed a fabulous property at 8532 Lighthouse Way, Vancouver BC

I’m pleased to present a beautiful 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom townhome for sale west of Kerr Street in Fraser Lands.  River views, tranquility, spacious floor plan in a tranquil setting.

This area of Vancouver’s Fraserview  is a  picturesque riverfront neighbourhood!  South of Marine Drive, it’s an oasis of peace and serenity.  Stroll along the river, relax in the park or ride your bike on a specified bikeway.

The first homes of this area were built in the mid-90’s and is now an established residential community.  Exciting plans and development are underway just east of here along the riverbank.  A sustainable community is in the works, formerly called East Fraserlands but now designated “River District” in fabulous Fraserview.

You’ll love this new listing in Beautiful Downtown Vancouver!

Posted by on August 7, 2012 | Comments Off on You’ll love this new listing in Beautiful Downtown Vancouver!

Newly listed,  a beautiful one bedroom and den suite at 2102-867 Hamilton Street, Vancouver BC.  Gorgeous Vancouver views from this brick and concrete highrise. 

Great amenities in the building and even more at your doorstep! With this building on the edge of Yaletown, this location provides the absolute best  live, work and play lifestyle available in one of the world’s most livable cities.  The downtown area of Vancouver is without a doubt a fabulous neighbourhood offering parks, restaurants, theatres, sports venues, shopping, bike routes and convenient transit all the while situated on the peninsula of Vancouver that also includes numerous sandy beaches and the world-famous Stanley Park.  It’s definitely worth the look.

Click here to learn more about why people love this gorgeous city!

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